Anorexia and Bulimia Essay

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Bulimia Nervosa

I sat there staring in the mirror filled with disgust at the figure on the other end. I thought “ another day, another day living and thinking of nothing else but the way that I look naked, the way I look with clothes on, and the way other people look at me.”
     I was 17 years old when I began to have the premature symptoms of Bulimia Nervosa. I was a cheerleader for a national competition squad, and was worried about being able to tumble to my full potential because of the extra weight that I was carrying. But more importantly I was uncomfortable with the way I felt with myself. I had a low self-esteem and was constantly worried about what others thought of me.
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An episode usually begins with a binge, A binge is defined as eating in a discrete period of time an amount of food that is definitely larger than most individuals would eat under similar circumstances, (American Psychiatric Association, p.545). This would not include eating small amounts of food all day. The binge is typically triggered by dysphoric mood states, interpersonal stressors, intense hunger following dietary restraint, or feelings related to body weight, body shape, and food, (American Psychiatric Association, p.546). Some say that binge eating is accompanied by a sense of lack of control you have in your life, and in my case this was exactly right. There is a sense that you have no control over your life and everything involved in it, so to compensate for the lack of control you have. You try to control your weight and you’re eating habits. Some individuals with Bulimia Nervosa have described a binge as a feeling of dissociation, from their lives and everything around them. They have set their life at that time around their episode and think of nothing else.
     The binge it self will often last until the Individual is either uncomfortable or even to the point that they are painfully full. The American Psychiatric Association notes that during a binge the foods that are consumed varies; however, it typically includes sweets, and or high

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